Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1975 – 1977
    Studied biology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • 1977
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination)

  • 1977 – 1980
    Studied biology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1980
    Diplom degree in biology

  • 1983
    Doctorate

  • 1983 – 1984
    Fellowship from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen

  • 1984 – 1986
    Postdoctoral fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Department of Botany, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

  • 1986
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Botany, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

  • 1986 – 1987
    Postdoctoral fellowship from the DFG, Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1987 – 1988
    Academic councillor (temporary appointment), Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1988 – 1991
    Assistant lecturer, Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1991 – 1992
    Assistant professor, Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 1992 – 1996
    Assistant professor (C2), Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • Since 1996
    Full university professor of biochemistry, University of Rostock, Germany

Selected publications

  • Piechulla, B., Gruissem, W.: Diurnal mRNA fluctuations of nuclear and plastid genes in developing tomato fruits. In: EMBO Journal 6, 1987. pp. 3593-3599.

  • Kellmann, J.W. et al.: Concerted circadian transcript level oscillations of nineteen Lha/b (cab) genes in Lycopersicon esculentum (tomato). In: Molecular General Genetics 237, 1993. pp. 439-448.

  • Pott, M.B. et al.: Biochemical and structural characterization of benzenoid carboxyl methyltransferases involved in floral scent production in Stephanotis floribunda and Nicotiana suaveolens. In: Plant Physiology 135, 2004. pp. 1946-1955.

  • Kai, M. et al.: Volatiles of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) influence mycelial growth of the fungus Rhizoctonia solani. In: Archives of Microbiology 187, 2007. pp. 351-360. (online publication 20.12.2006)

  • Vespermann, A., Kai, M., Piechulla, B.: Rhizobacterial volatiles affect the growth of fungi and Arabidopsis thaliana. In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73, 2007. pp. 5639-5641.

  • Von Reuss, S. et al.: Octamethylbicyclo(3.2.1)octadienes from Serratia odorifera. In: Angewandte Chemie 122, 2010. pp. 2053-2054.

  • Hippauf, F. et al.: Natural selection acts on ancestral promiscuous enzyme activities to guide protein functional evolution. Submitted to Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci, USA, December 2010, #2010-19605


Selected projects

  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd Annual Conferences on the Molecular Biology of Plants, February/March 2008, 2009, 2010, main organiser 2009, co-organiser 2008 and 2010

  • Symposium on the 'Molecular Basis of Chronobiology', Annual meeting of the Society of Cell Biology, Frankfurt, Germany 14 – 17 March 2007

  • 54th Mosbach Colloquium The Rhythm of Life: Molecular Mechanisms of Circadian Clocks, German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 28 – 30 March 2003

  • Workshop News on Plant Chronobiology, Markgrafenheide, Germany, European Society of Chronobiology, 15 – 17 September 2000

  • Workshop Plant Rhythms and Melatonin, Amelia Island, Society of Biological Rhythms Research, 10 – 13 May 2000

  • Workshop News on Plant Chronobiology, Markgrafenheide, European Society of Chronobiology, 18 – 20 September 1998

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Lower-Saxon Ministry of Science, Germany

  • Referee for various research foundations

  • DOE – Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., USA

  • NSF – National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., USA

  • USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, USA

  • Reviewer (botany) for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2000-2004

  • Reviewer for the VW Foundation, 1997-2001

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